i've been painting shadow lines around the stones. i mixed the brown color and the green color i had been using on the wall as well as adding a touch of black acrylic to muddy and darken the mix. i only used this particular color mix because that's what i had on hand. it's taken 5 days so far only because i'm only in there 3 hours at a time. it's really tedious, as are most of the steps in this project.
today's cloudy and stormy so i've had a hard time capturing a good photo, but i'm going to just throw it out there anyway.
most of my time was spent deciding how many of the blocks get which side shaded. i have to consider where the light source is. i laid my little arty paintbrush against the wall to see how much of a shadow it would make to determine where i would paint my shadows. i think only three blocks are shaded on three sides, oops.
no one is actually going to come in to the room and say "wow, for a minute there i thought these were real." it's like somebody with pink hair - you know it's not real, so you just accept and embrace it for what it is. at least i hope so.
now i have to color wash all of the walls to soften the grout/stone transition. then paint and stencil all of the doors. i found this stencil pattern on line while i was searching faux finishes.
|sorry, i don't know who to credit this photo to|
i have no hope of replicating the effect because i barely know what i am doing anyway, much less this stunning effect. isn't it great?
i just got my new stencil from royaldesignstudio.com. it comes in large and small. i'm going to use it on the big closet doors so i ordered the large and it was $$$. $39.00!! yikes. i'm looking forward to using it, though i don't yet know what i'm going to do. i really like the look of the blue and rust. it looks like looking outside through a trellis. and the blue color would be nice to break up all the gold and brown stones in the room. hmmm, dare i?
|photo courtesy of royaldesignstudio.com website|